This time we are returning for two older children, teenagers in fact. They are not special needs children in the truest sense of the word but they are considered such by some simply because of their age. In Ukraine children age out of the orphanage system at age 16. They are then sent out onto the streets, alone, with little more than a few utensils, maybe a sleeping bag, and a little money. It is impossible for me to think of our Evan, who is 16, completely fending for himself right now. Especially if he had not ever been raised with the love of a family, or any kind of true direction and guidance in life. It would be like throwing him to the wolves.
This is the exact reason why many of these "aged out" children find themselves homeless, hungry and alone. They lack basic skills to survive in life because no one ever taught them any. They become prostitutes, druggies, vagabonds. They often find themselves HIV positive. They are without hope, living on the streets and in sewers, with no future, let alone hope for the next day.
We ask you all to please PRAY for this next journey we are embarking upon. Pray for our family and our ability to yet again have all paperwork processed correctly and efficiently. Pray for the hearts and minds of our children as they wait for us in the orphanage. Pray for everything to fall into place as it should and no setbacks.
We have already been hard at work since arriving back home and our dossier is already in country waiting to be submitted. We are simply waiting for a few pieces of paper to send over, and then that will happen. After submission it is an average of 2 mos till travel, which really isn't a lot at all. I am praying we travel sometime around the end of October.
That being said, we are also in need of funding. Being that we just arrived home in May with our two youngest children, and will be returning so soon, resources are low. We were really hoping to put our tax return toward this adoption, but considering we have not gotten it back yet because of disputes with the IRS over adoption tax credits (like many have experienced) we cannot count on that money being in our account by the time we need to travel.
An FSP fund has been set up again through Reece's Rainbow as we had before. Andrea Roberts who runs RR has been gracious enough to allow us to have that account knowing that although these children are not sn children like many on her site, their time is limited as I mentioned above, and the possibility of aging out in the future without a family is NEED enough. We thank her for allowing us to have this FSP again to make it easy for people to donate to our adoption.
Here is the link to our FSP account with Reece's Rainbow- http://static.reecesrainbow.org/donation-box/fsp-RoweBoys.html
ANY amount is appreciated!!!! Every dollar gets us one step closer to our children, and helps alleviate our fears and worries about not being able to travel when it is time.
Please search your hearts and see if there is any way you can help us, we are truly grateful to each person who has helped us bring our children home in the past, and this time is no different!